Ento-musings from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Joy Division: Locusts?

by Blake Newton, UK Extension Entomologist

I was just listening to Joy Division's "The Eternal." This is one of the bleakest, creepiest songs of all time. It opens with a sustained sound that might be from some kind of a shaker, like a cabassa. Or I guess it could be a synthesized or sampled sound, too. I wonder if this sound is supposed to represent a locust swarm? Here's a lyric from the song: "Watching them pass like clouds in the sky." So, maybe. A locust swarm would certainly fit right in with the apocalyptic mood of the song. *Shiver*

You can hear the sound a little bit on Amazon's mp3 preview page here.

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